PERRY -- What had transpired in the previous four quarters of football was painful enough for Perry.
As the Panthers prepared to trudge across the field in the handshake line, Veterans was swarming the field again.
After the players had done so during the game, it was the students turn after the game.
Veterans coaches shooed the couple hundred students to the end zone, but the celebration was on after the Warhawks rolled to a 29-0 win over Perry at Herb St. John Stadium.
Perry players watched in stunned disbelief as Veterans players, students and fans lived it up in the end zone near the scoreboard before huddling up for only about a minute.
When youre held to three plays in the third quarter and negative rushing yards overall, theres not much to say.
Thats the difference between a program thats been building for four years and one thats been building for two months, Perry head coach Erik Soliday said. Were just not at that level yet. Its just going to take a little time for us to get to that point.
Ben Thomas ran for 116 yards and Desjuan Harris added 62 for Veterans.
Theyve got a lot of heart, Veterans head coach David Bruce said of his backs. Theyre tough. Theyre hard-nosed. Theyll put their face on you.
Quarterback Logan Byrd passed for 157 yards, all but 27 going to Nick Anderson.
He threw very nice passes, Bruce said. I was really proud of the way he threw the ball. Nick Anderson, that was unbelievable, the job he did.
Veterans defense held the Panthers to 42 yards of total offense.
Im an old defensive guy, Bruce said. I love shutouts.
Veterans got off to a good offensive start but was better on defense. The Warhawks held the Panthers to two first downs and 45 yards total offense in the first half, while getting 141 yards.
Veterans scored on its first possession, Thomas getting 25 yards on first down, and then Harris scoring from 25 yards two plays later. The Warhawks then put together a nice drive. They went 74 yards on 13 plays, converting three third downs along the way.
Byrd plowed in up the middle from 2 yards out three plays into the second quarter, and Tim Yalcins kick gave the Warhawks a 14-0 lead.
Perrys offense was having so much trouble getting anything done, a two-touchdown deficit was a little bigger than just 14 points.
We dont have a lot of playmakers, said Soliday, who lost a few regulars to injury during the game, including KJ Smith. When we get them all hurt, were kind of limited in what we can do.